An American seven-piece Celtic Punk band from Los Angeles, California and led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the Rock band Fastway. They are signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat Records.
Before forming Flogging Molly, the Dublin-born Dave King was the lead singer for Heavy Metal band Fastway, which also included guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke of Motörhead fame, and bassist Pete Way of UFO. He later fronted a Hard Rock band called Katmandu (1991), featuring Mandy Meyer of Krokus on guitars. Afterwards, Dave King retained a record deal with Epic records and began to work on a solo album, but began to reconsider his record deal when the label opposed his idea of bringing in traditional Irish instruments. King negotiated out of his record deal to go his own way musically soon after.
During '93, King met guitarist Ted Hutt, bassist Jeff Peters, and fiddle player Bridget Regan and put together a Rock band with a Celtic feel. They began to play a mix of traditional Irish music and Rock. Putting Dave's poetic lyrics to rocking melodies, they played at a Los Angeles pub called Molly Malone's weekly, building a small but loyal following.
Ted and Jeff then left Flogging Molly because an earlier band of theirs received a record deal. Dave and Bridget began to find new members, including briefly playing with Lee Hartney before the current band was formed.
They continued a routine of playing every Monday night at Molly Malone's. Then 17-year-old Nathen Maxwell snuck into a show as a fan and soon after joined the band. They put out a live album, Alive Behind the Green Door in 1997.
In an interview with Kerrang! magazine, King stated that the band's name comes from the bar (Molly Malone's) that faithfully supported the band from the very beginning, "We used to play there every Monday night and we felt like we were flogging it to death, so we called the band Flogging Molly."
Since these days, they have toured with the Warped Tour, Larry Kirwan's American Fléadh Festival and contributed to the Rock Against Bush project. They have sold in excess of a million and a half copies of recorded output as of December 6, 2006.
On March the 10th, 2016, Flogging Molly put out their first new material for 5 years, a single entitled "The Hand of John L. Sullivan," honoring the Irish-American boxer of the same name, this was the first studio recording with new drummer Mike Alonso.
1) Swagger (2000)
2) Drunken Lullabies (2002)
3) Within a Mile of Home (2004)
4) Float (2008)
5) Speed of Darkness (2011)
Members Name Check
- Dave King – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán
- Bridget Regan – fiddle, tin whistle, backing and lead vocals
- Dennis Casey – guitar, vocals
- Matt Hensley – accordion, concertina, vocals
- Nathen Maxwell – bass guitar, vocals
- Bob Schmidt – mandolin, banjo, vocals
- George Schwindt – drums, percussion
- Mike Alonso – drums, percussion